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Muting: When Silence Is Golden

Peter Hodgson
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03.13.2015

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As guitarists, we hear a lot about muting, but usually it’s to do with creating the classic ‘palm-muted chug’ sound. But there’s another kind of muting that has nothing to do with going ‘chugga-chugga-chugga’ - the kind that’s all about making sure the audience hears the note you intend to present to them, and no unwanted extraneous noises. Here are two different approaches to this issue.
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10 Guitar Heroes Name their Own Guitar Heroes

Daniel Eriksson
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03.11.2015

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As guitar players we all have our idols that got us to pick up the instrument in the first place. Sometimes those influences are directly indicative of the type of music we end up pursuing, but in some cases that initial contact with the world of rock or blues might just be a starting point and you end up veering off in a completely different direction.
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Rag-Time: How to Clean Your Guitar for Better Tone

Ellen Barnes
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03.11.2015

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The best — and least expensive — way to improve your guitar’s appearance, as well as its tone, is to administer a thorough cleaning. But there are a few guidelines that need to be followed when tackling the dirt, grease, perspiration and smoke that may have accumulated on your guitar, either from regular use or neglect; otherwise you risk permanently damaging the quality and resonance of your instrument. Whether it’s an acoustic or an electric that you’re aiming to clean, these tips still apply. If you have a vintage guitar, you’ll need to take special considerations, as explained in a note below.
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Gibson Tone Tips: Home Tone vs. Gig Tone

Dave Hunter
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03.11.2015

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In this installment of Gibson Tone Tips, I want to expend a few words on the concept of “home tone” vs. “gig tone”. This is something that experienced performing musicians know intuitively, but which often slaps newcomers to the live venue right in the face when they come up against it for the first time. To preface: there’s so much talk of “tone” these days, and so many guitarists are chasing it for all their worth, but more often than not this pursuit is undertaken in the isolation of a player’s living room, bedroom, home studio, or some other “home alone” environment. There’s nothing at all wrong with that, and these places are where we practice, learn, discover, and sometimes record the results. But honing our ultimate tone in these subjective environments can often lead to disappointment when we get out into the entirely subjective real world. Let’s find out why.
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10 Albums Turning 20 in 2015

Anne Erickson
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03.10.2015

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It may be difficult to believe, but in some cases, the music out of the ‘90s is now considered classic rock. From the Smashing Pumpkins to Ozzy, here are 10 albums turning 20 years old this year.
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10 Great Session Guitarists

Michael Leonard
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03.10.2015

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You may think playing in a band is sometimes tough, but it’s nothing compared with being a session guitarist.
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Top Tips For Left-Handed Guitar Players

Michael Leonard
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03.10.2015

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The world may not be “right” on a lot of days, but it’s certainly a right-handed world. Left-handers – estimated at 10-15% of all people – get a raw deal. Scissors, golf clubs, special non-smudging pens (think about writing on paper with your left, right-handers!), jar openers, gardening tools and more… All are specialized products you may need if you are left-handed.
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Interview: Kid Rock Guitarists Marlon Young and Jason Krause Talk Gibsons

Anne Erickson
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03.09.2015

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Kid Rock guitarists Marlon Young and Jason Krause speak with Gibson.com about Kid Rock's latest album, First Kiss, and their choice Gibsons.
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5 Famous Gibsons that Passed from One Great Player to Another

Russell Hall
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03.09.2015

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Every guitar aficionado can reel off the names of famous Gibsons: B.B. King’s “Lucille,” Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” and Neil Young’s “Old Black,” to name just three. What’s more remarkable, however, is the number of iconic Gibsons that have passed from one legendary player to another.
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Riff-Mania! The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Guitar Riffs

Russell Hall
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03.06.2015

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From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to the Stones and beyond, the guitar riff has served as the foundation for many of rock and roll’s most enduring classics.
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